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OnePlus merges with OPPO but will stay as its own brand

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It’s been announced that OnePlus will merge further with its sister company OPPO.

Last year, CEO Pete Lau left OnePlus to become the Senior Vice President of OPLUS, a company that owns OPPO, partly owns Realme and has the majority stake at OnePlus.

Lau was in charge of product strategy for both OnePlus and OPPO. Several teams from both brands worked together to apparently better streamline their operations and “capitalize on additional shared resources.”

It looks like the initial merger was successful, that OnePlus’s integration with OPPO is deepening. But, Lau promised that OnePlus would stay as its own brand and will operate independently.

“I’m confident that this change will be positive for our community and our users. With this deeper integration with OPPO, we will have more resources at hand to create even better products for you. It will also allow us to be more efficient, for example, bringing faster and more stable software updates for OnePlus users,” 

Peter Lau, SVP of OPLUS

We’ve already seen the fruits of this merger. For one, the OnePlus 9 models that shipped in China came with OPPO’s ColorOS. But if you’re not a fan of that third-party skin, OnePlus units shipped globally will still come with OxygenOS out of the box.

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